“The Eternity of philosophy” , (published at Free Press, Village Voice 20.11.2014)
My article, “The Eternity of philosophy” , was published yesterday at Free Press, Village Voice.
A day of celebrating philosophy today and I feel the urge to scream: yes, more today than ever we need philosophy. It is philosophy that can provide solutions in times of crisis, since it is born a human’s inborn necessity to seek answer to a crying question how to navigate amongst the emotional chaos in me and the desire for steady and sturdy decisions in my life? The industrialized educational perception that wants the man tied to a material and empirical dimension of daily routine was hard disputed by Nietzsche as nihilistic since 1880. And it is the analog of today’s life: indecision, disorientation, valueless flow of life, emotional outbursts, loosening or inescapable compromises, political dilemmas, and cynicism. The crisis has flattened everything. And the essence of happiness is geared mainly towards the acquisition of material goods. In such difficult times mankind always turns to philosophy, because thanks to her he wants to reread his difficult routine, to reread himself. Through the anew reading of his existence, he finds the strength and energy to face with wisdom the difficulty of his problems. Philosophy is the prescribed medication. In all the ancient Greek schools it was taught as life-long learning. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, elevated “eudemonia” (happiness) as the goal of live path that serves the pure-good. Spinoza was pushing the man to cast away his fears by winning the “eternity of happiness”. Schopenhauer praised the art of someone being happy, while Nietzsche praised the present as eternal happiness, the one that Heidegger called peace. Philosophy sought happiness in speech, nature, and self-knowledge. It did not want to be trapped in materials. That is why it is eternally necessary. It is a kind of spiritual spring, something like medicinal water that helps the return to wisdom. Youth’s education should change more. Youth should learn from school the history of the great philosophical ideals and visions, the history of thought contradictions in the world, and not to be spent (the youth) in games of criticism, logistic and not logical thought, as it predisposes in society today. Philosophy is not consumed in “beneficiary” goals, in egotistical gains, in measurable joy. It is not measurable. Above all, philosophy is the selfless application of joy in creation, is a free power to meditate on your life, to learn from your experiences and at the same time to posses the wisdom of your finality. Philosophy is a general wandering for you and the other, is the seeking of knowledge of tour inner and outer self. It is the love for your truth and your life.
University Professor, artist, poet